Identity theft: a personal and organisational threat

Author: John Martin, Senior Security Architect, IBM New Zealand Identity theft is a growing phenomenon, affecting as many as 133,000 New Zealanders annually at a cost to the economy of as much as $209 million every year1. Typically, identity theft is used to perform financial transactions using accounts in another person’s name. These can be […]

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How agtech can lead Australia to a fertile future

Australian farmers have done it tough recently: years-long drought, bushfires, and floods. While tech can’t change the weather, it can help us manage it better. In September of last year, the Australian Council of Learned Academics (or, ACOLA) released its Future of Agriculture Technologies report. Commissioned by Australia’s chief scientist Alan Finkel, on behalf of […]

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Meet Emma the new virtual AI concierge powered by IBM Watson

IBM business partner, Replikr, together with global certification agency Exemplar Global, have created Emma, a virtual agent using IBM Watson Assistant that helps thousands of auditors globally navigate the vast number of training and career options provided online by Exemplar Global. Emma represents the first phase of an AI strategy to scale personalised advice to […]

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Advanced weather forecasting could save Aussie businesses billions

Storms are getting bigger, more frequent, and more intense, causing huge amounts of damage. But what if we never got the weather wrong again? When Michael Wang first started forecasting weather, about 25 years ago, human intelligence was just as important as computational power. Experienced forecasters developed a sixth sense – like a hunch – […]

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Why companies are embracing sustainability

From heating buildings to building solar farms, corporations are listening to their customers and investing in technologies to reduce carbon emissions. As concerns about the damaging effects of climate change continue to grow, businesses across Australia both big and small are increasingly taking the lead on environmental action, setting science-based targets and implementing the required […]

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Ushering in a new era for the Telco industry

By Steve O’Donnell, Managing Partner, IBM NZ Global Business Services There is a rapidly growing need in the telecommunications industry for a new network architecture. Emerging technologies, such as virtualisation, 5G, edge computing, AI and machine learning (ML), are ushering in a new era supported by cloud, often referred to as the digital era, the […]

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Stopping wine fraud with technology

Counterfeiting wine is big business in Australia but new innovations in blockchain will make it harder for scammers to rip off customers. Grosset wines, nestled in the rolling hills of the Clare Valley, is small in terms of production but has had an outsized influence on Australia’s wine scene. Famed wine connoisseur James Halliday says […]

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How blockchain is making the world a better place

Author: Neil Cherry, Cognitive Enterprise Leader, A/NZ Global Business Services Blockchain is more than the currency for the future. It’s a powerful tool that’s revolutionising business, enterprise and even philanthropy all over the world. Blockchain’s core strength is its ability to bring more openness, visibility and accessibility to the operations of any enterprise. It’s also […]

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A quantum leap for computing

Originally published in The Australian. Able to calculate problems at an astronomical scale, quantum computing is getting closer to reality. For years technologists have questioned how much longer we might expect the current rate of advancement in computing continue. While Moore’s Law has promised that the speed and capability of computers will double every two […]

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Helping farmers weather climate change

The drought and the bushfires ravaged the farming sector. Can technology help them adjust to increased weather volatility? Nearly a quarter of the agricultural economy was lost in the recent long drought, as crops withered and stock starved. It felt like a once in a lifetime event, but from an economic standpoint, the Reserve Bank […]

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Compete and thrive in the digital economy

Author: Steve O’Donnell, Managing Partner, IBM NZ Global Business Services If there’s one thing that this pandemic has shown us, it’s that businesses need to adapt, scale, and make smarter decisions if they want to survive or thrive.   The lockdown forced many organisations to accelerate their digital strategy and pivot to keep up with the […]

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Five incredible sustainability predictions for the next five years

From repurposing carbon emissions to creating new battery technology, here are five scientific innovations for a more sustainable world.

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